English Wheel. A Must Tool Of The Trade.

Individuals and garage builders heard about it or saw it on TV being used by pro-builders. An English Wheel is the basic tool we absolutely need to form and shape flat sheets of metal such as mild steel or aluminum to create our own gas tanks and fenders.  When I meet semi-professionals on the show tour they often ask me if they should buy one.  And I tell them that if the principle of thinning and shaping the metal between the top wheel (rolling wheel) and the lower wheel (anvil wheel) is relatively simple, mastering the apparatus to form the desired smooth curves is an art requiring a lot of experience. So, except if you intend to build more than one custom bike or plan to become a pro, don’t buy one. Use the services of a good fabrication shop working under your control. But if you absolutely need one to show your creativity in metal, here is a good address. Northridge Tools.       

3 Responses to “English Wheel. A Must Tool Of The Trade.”

  1. 1 Bret Smith Apr 29th, 2007 at 7:44 am

    How much is the cheapest one?

  2. 2 CJ May 2nd, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Bret, Mammoth Choppers has one for $1250. Their website is http://www.mammothchoppers.com. It looks beefy. Just do a search for english wheels and you’ll find many to fit your budget. The one Cyril has pictured is around $4500. Eastwood has some bench top and combo units that might suit your needs You can find some companies selling them as a kit you weld up. Personally I thought about buying the weld up kits, but for the extra $500 or so you might as well let the experts do it right and spend your shop time doing what you love, working on bikes. Work smart not hard. They also have plannishing hammers which really speed up the process before going to the english wheel. Good luck

  3. 3 Shabzz May 2nd, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I have read Cyril’s posts since the beggining and have on many occasions wanted to post a reply but waited for the perfect moment. This is my "perfect moment" My English Wheels were "designed" in the US with a buddy of mine who has been building Hot Rods and Custom bike sheet metal for over 30 years. The wheel is 496lbs, will NOT flex, and is a bead roller also.It is a Beast and must have like Cyril said. I also carry a Planishing Hammer. Im not here to brag but they are the best bang for the buck. (website is http://www.mammothchoppers.com)
    P.S. my utmost respect goes to Cyril, his amazing rides and his contribution to the industry!
    Ride The Beast!
    "El Jefe"

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